One of Us: ?uestlove

Roast pork or cheesesteak? Cheesesteak all day: 1. Tony Luke’s. 2. Cosmi’s. 3. Gennaro’s. 4. Ishkabibble’s. 5. George’s on Girard.

Performing or producing? Grass is always greener on the other side. Pre-Fallon, I dreaded leaving the States to go perform. Now that I have all the states one can handle with a steady gig, I would do anything to go to Austria or even Italy again. (Those that follow my Web history know those two places were my least favorite when globe-trotting.)

My fictional hero is … Charlie Brown. He took all types of abuse and never complained. He wasn’t even the star of his own Halloween special.

My real-life hero is … This question is worse that doing liner notes and “thank yous” for Roots albums, ’cause everyone is searching for their name. I look up to and learn from everyone. (Mama didn’t raise no fool, stop laughin’.)

Drumming … is an overdone art. Cats overdo it. I respect cats who draw the least amount of attention to themselves. Keep it simple, stupid. You are the metronome cop. Not the center of attention.

The best thing I own is … Let’s put it this way: I own at least one priceless personal item from most of my music idols. If I were to list them, the estates of said artists would hunt me down.

The first time I met Prince … I immediately noticed the Macy’s Day Parade size of his head to his body.

My favorite person to follow on Twitter is … I’m always gonna have a crush on Kerry Washington. And she, me. She just don’t know it yet.

The question I get asked the most is … when do I sleep. (It’s now 3:44 a.m.)

Playing music on TV every night … can be revolutionary. I want this show to be as powerful as “Yo! MTV Raps,” “Arsenio,” “Soul Train” and the ’80s period of MTV.

One thing Philly doesn’t have that it really needs is … anything remotely brotherly.

My greatest fear is … not working. Not from a poverty angle, but simply because the silence ’round here would be deafening.

The best place to vacation is … My only vacation I ever took: Summer of ’09, New York to L.A., Amtrak sleeper car. Alone. Great view. Amazing!

If I could do anything else for an occupation, I’d be … a “Soul Train” archivist.

My secret hobby is … counting paces. Always making secret bets with myself, like “I can get to this elevator in 50 steps” or “I can count to 1,000 before this train stops at Penn Station.” It’s a longtime obsession.

The best book I ever read is … Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell. The 10,000-hour rule is everything to me.

The thing that people generally don’t know about me is … I’m human. Not in that “waah waah, cry me a river” way, but in that you don’t have to yell “Questlove!!!!!” while standing four inches away from me. You get better results talking to me like you would your cousin or coworker. All the screaming stuff freaks me out.

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  • Jon

    ?uestlove is just an amazing all-around dude. So humble and knowledgeable. You think it’d be hard to be humble when you’re part of the greatest hip-hop band ever, but I guess not. Such a cool read.

  • Ahmir

    they musta been “fox” and “news”

  • Jill

    Questlove was humble then and even more now. Love him

  • ahmir

    are 8 people really that unsatisfied with themselves?

  • B

    Great interview with a no-drama pure artist/musician. Love the Album “Ask Rufus”. Chaka Kahn singing “Everlasting Love” is one of her best recordings!

  • George

    ..and here I thought I was the only cat who counted my steps. Great minds..